The Home Folder service enables creation of a network folder, in which files of any type may be stored on Windows and macOS.

Any Institute user may register for the service via his or her user ID, given that registration is approved by the departmental administrator. Once registration is completed (by the administrator), a network folder is created automatically, and full read and write privileges are granted to the user (and to the user alone) for each file or other content stored in the folder.

Note that the personal network folder may not be shared with other users.

All files stored in the Home Folder are automatically backed up every night by the TSM backup system, and deleted files are retained for a period of 18 months from the moment of deletion.

If and when required, files and/or folders may be restored by submitting a request at

Service charges apply on a per-actual usage basis. For further information on the charges associated with this service, review the computing charges page.

Installation Instructions 

Accessing the Home Folder from within the Institute

To connect to the service and access the network folder on a Windows PC:

  1. Access the path My Computer\Your_User_ID.
  2. You may alternatively access the path \\\homefolders\Your_User_ID.

Note that should your computer not be associated with the Institute’s domain, you must enter your user name in the wismain\Your_User_ID format (with the wismain prefix).


To connect to the service on a Macintosh:

  1. Open Weizmann Self Service, perform a search for Home Folder and click Create Shortcut to create a system shortcut to the service.
  2. You may alternatively use the Connect to Server command on the Go menu, enter smb:// in the destination server address field and click Connect to complete connection. You may save this connection for future use by clicking the plus (+) button.

Note that you must enter your user name in the wismain\Your_User_ID format (with the wismain prefix).

Should you require any further guidance or assistance, please contact the HelpDesk at extension 4444.

To learn more about file-sharing folders, visit


Network folder file backups are retained as long as their original source files exist. Once a file is deleted from the server, an 18-month data retention countdown commences. When the 18-month retention period expires, the file is deleted from backup, too.

The default storage space allocated is one gigabyte. If required, a request may be submitted with departmental administrators to expand the storage space provided.